HC Deb 10 April 1922 vol 153 cc68-70W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether his attention has been called to the case of Frederick Tyler, 44 years of age, married and with family, ex-service noncommissioned officer, two years in France, Ypres sector, recently employed at the certified school, Everton Terrace, Liverpool, as instructor and master in the department of shoemaker and tailor; whether he is aware that on Wednesday, 15th March, the governor of this school informed Tyler that the school would close in three months' time, and that he must terminate his service by the 1st April; that such a man, being recognised as a teacher, is debarred from unemployment benefit, and that such a short notice precludes him from obtaining fresh employment in view of the state of the industrial market, although he is a thoroughly efficient officer and teacher; and why this man was not given the notice to terminate his engagement to which he was entitled, namely, at least one calendar month?


The managers of this school were asked last month to resign their certificate for reasons of economy and agreed to do so. It was arranged that the school should close on the 30th June and that the usual grants should be continued until then. I understand, however, that the managers decided to reduce their staff at once and gave the officer referred to a fortnight's notice. Under the terms of his employment his services were terminable at a week's notice. The matter is entirely one for the managers of the school.